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Face Time: A Review

September 06, 2017
Tara Gibbs
Remember the pressure you felt to fit in as a teen girl? I think most of us knew the temptation to lose our identity in what our peers told us to be, what Teen Magazine told us to be, what some TV ad told us to be. Women are told how they are supposed to look and act to be the “ideal woman” from a young age—from perfect looks, to perfect grades, to perfect popularity.  But those of us who grew up pre-social media could take a break from those pressures.  We could go home and have a “time out” from school and peer demands. It was easier for ...

New neighbors

September 05, 2017
Haley Wachdorf
My family got new neighbors this week. We said goodbye to our former neighbors, who we adored, in July when they moved away. Since their moving truck pulled away, we have been on something of a stakeout. Every time we spot a car in the driveway next door, my children take up their posts in the front and upstairs windows and yell to each other what they can see. (“IT’S A MINIVAN! MAYBE THAT MEANS THEY HAVE KIDS!” If you’re going to stalk people, you might as well do it as a family.) But for two months, we would get excited only to realize it ...

Christian Education Enrollment open now!

August 02, 2017
Sarah Beaugh
We are doing something new this fall in Children's Ministries at Redeemer and we don’t want you to miss it! We will be taking enrollment for Christian Education classes for the coming school year. This change will help us better serve you through accurate rosters, appropriate  teacher/student ratios, and adequate curriculum materials for our lessons. Enrolling does not obligate you in any way, but helps us to know how best to plan. If you plan on joining us this semester or even think your child will try a few classes, go ahead and enroll...!

Staff Updates!

June 21, 2017
Haley Wachdorf
Redeemer is pleased to welcome three new staff members this week. Sara Brouillard joins the staff as Assistant Administrator. She will be supporting RPC Executive Director of Operations Jeremy Whitley with a variety of operational initiatives. Sara and her husband, Jeff, have been at Redeemer since 2007, and have three children. Sara, a native of San Antonio, is the former Manager of Broadway Bank’s Family Business Resource Center. She is Co-Chair of Women’s Ministries at Redeemer, and is involved with a variety of community organizations ...

RUF at UTSA: A ministry years in the making

June 06, 2017
Haley Wachdorf
Reformed University Fellowship will launch a ministry on the campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio this fall with Curtis Castleberry as campus minister. Curtis and Marian Castleberry have longstanding connections to Redeemer San Antonio, and this ministry milestone brings several threads of the Castleberry's story and Redeemer's mission in the city full circle. Curtis and Marian's path into ministry began before they were married. Curtis attended Baptist University of the Americas and majored in theology for his undergraduate ...

Learning about worship at church and at home

May 10, 2017
Sarah Beaugh
We want to update you on what we have been learning in CE the last two weeks so you can continue the conversation at home! In our classrooms, we have been learning about the parts of the worship service as well as the how and why we come together corporately to worship God. We worked through the order of worship together using our church bulletins. We discussed how we are part of the family of God and how he initiates and speaks to us and we respond. It is the conversation of a father with his children. We hope you will ask your child more ...

2017 Officer Elections

May 04, 2017
Tom Gibbs
This week, the Session had the privilege of sitting down with those who have most recently completed officer training at Redeemer and is pleased to announce their candidacy for office in the class of 2020. Elections will be held on Sunday, June 4, immediately following the 10:45 a.m. worship service. Candidates for the session include new elder candidate Bernard Hildebrand, and returning elders Jason Register and Jason Smith. Eligible to return to the diaconate are Rob Bondurant and Charlie Hargis. Please click here to read a bio of each ...

Living the Resurrection

April 18, 2017
Tom Gibbs
This Sunday, Redeemer will embark on a new sermon series considering what the resurrection means and how it applies to our lives. Question 45 of The Heidelberg Catechism asks, “How does Christ’s resurrection benefit us?” The answer reads, “First, by his resurrection he has overcome death, so that he might make us share in the righteousness he won for us by his death. Second, by his power we too are already now resurrected to a new life. And third, Christ’s resurrection is a guarantee of our glorious resurrection.” We are used to hearing ...

The Seeking Shepherd

April 12, 2017
Tom Gibbs
With heart-piercing beauty, Christina Rosetti reminds us on this Holy Week that even our capacity to appreciate the anguish of Christ's suffering on the cross and to rest in its momentous achievement is a work of God's saving grace. We remain dependent upon his sovereign initiative. Left to ourselves, our hearts remain stony and indifferent to Jesus' costly love. Yet, when they are stricken with God's unyielding truth and mercy, living waters begin to gush in heart-felt wonder, thankfulness and praise. The Good Shepherd is both the ...

Expecting the good news.

April 07, 2017
Haley Wachdorf
This week I heard a piece of good news. It was a simple piece of news that took about four words to convey and does not impact me directly. But I knew it was news that had been hoped for a long time, and maybe because of that, hearing it was overpoweringly good. I jumped up out of my chair and clapped and was inappropriately loud in an office setting. I texted my husband on a business trip to tell it to him, too. And as we texted back and forth I told him “I was surprised by how much I had wanted to hear some good news.” I think ...

Singing on Palm Sunday!

April 03, 2017
Sarah Beaugh
Children in Pre-K through first grade are invited to sing in the Palm Sunday service on Sunday, April 9. Children who wish to sing may be dropped off in the Training in the Pews room by 8:45 a.m. before the first service or 10:30 a.m. before the second service. Children are welcomed to participate in both services or just one. We will practice, line up, and the children will receive their palm branches for the service. They will enter and exit the sanctuary together. You can meet your children in the foyer after they have exited the ...

Flooding in Peru

March 27, 2017
Victor Martinez
Recently, severe rains have battered the nation of Peru, causing widespread flooding in areas that usually receive a half-inch of rain each year. In the city of Trujillo, which has experienced flash flooding after 10 days of heavy storms, virtually every significant avenue and street has turned into a raging river. Peru Mission, a ministry partner of Redeemer based in Trujillo, which hosted a Redeemer mission team in the summer of 2016, has requested our support as they respond to this national tragedy. Your gift will allow our friends ...

Starting a Lenten Tradition with your Family

March 06, 2017
Sarah Beaugh
It can be daunting to think about how to meaningfully embrace the season of Lent with your children. Growing up in a church tradition that did not observe this season, I saw Lent as a barren ritual that my friends who observed it couldn’t even really explain to me. It wasn’t until adulthood, or really motherhood, that I came to understand that Lent wasn’t about working my way to salvation, but rather working out my salvation. It wasn’t until I recognized that I regularly look to other things and other people to deal with life’s difficulties ...

Lent: Remembering what Christ has done for us

February 28, 2017
Tom Gibbs
Beginning with Ash Wednesday this week, Redeemer joins with the church around the world in entering into the season of Lent, a 40-day period of preparation for our remembrance of Christ’s crucifixion and celebration of his resurrection. As we embark upon this intentional contemplation of Christ’s work, it is important for us to remember that Lent’s significance is not found in what we do or are going to do to be like Jesus. Rather, the significance is found in remembering what Jesus has done for us in our place. Lent, a term connected to ...

New church plant in Northwest San Antonio!

February 16, 2017
Haley Wachdorf
The Session of Redeemer Presbyterian Church is pleased to announce that the Southwest Church Planting Network and South Texas Presbytery have selected Michael Novak to serve as the church planter for a new church plant in Northwest San Antonio slated to begin forming this summer. Michael and Rachel Novak have served with Reformed University Fellowship at Trinity University for seven years, and have been members at Redeemer during that time as well. They will finish the semester with RUF at Trinity and plan to move to Northwest San Antonio ...

Staff Updates

February 15, 2017
Haley Wachdorf
Redeemer is pleased to welcome a new member to the staff this week and announce a transition for another staff member. Georgianna Hildebrand will be the new nursery coordinator for Redeemer. Families and volunteers can meet Georgianna in the nursery starting Sunday, February 19 as she begins stepping into this important role within our children’s ministry. Georgianna is a native of Kingsville, Texas. She and her husband, Bernard, met as students at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). After Bernard completed medical school in ...

To Pray or To Post

February 07, 2017
Tom Gibbs
  Like many of you, I traverse the online world of social media with a little fear and trepidation. After all, how critically important is my sharing on Facebook or Twitter all my opinions and/or objections on the daily news cycle? Are my internal rants and pious sounding reflections (they always sound pious to me, right?) really that relevant to the cultural conversation? Are these acts of faithfulness or vanity? It can be hard to sort out. Obviously, even by writing this blog and linking my FB page to it I am giving some credence to ...

Children's Choir Spring 2017

February 06, 2017
Joel Cook
Hi Parents! Just a reminder that we have just 2 more weeks for enrollment in choir! Please consider this great opporunity for your students (2nd-5th grade). We are treating each semester of choir separately. What that means is that if you participated in the fall, you will not automatically be enrolled for the spring. Additionally, if you are interested, you can absolutely sign up for this semester as well. Dates for choir performances include singing on Palm Sunday (April 9), and Maundy Thursday (April 13). Rehearsals are at church ...

2016 Ministry Report

February 04, 2017
Tom Gibbs
View the full ministry report here. Dear Redeemer Members and Friends, Today we celebrate 14 years of worshipping together as a congregation! What began in 2002 as a small, home-based Bible study has grown today into a thriving, Gospel-centered and city-focused congregation of almost 800 diverse members, all sharing a commitment to minister to San Antonio and the entire region of South Texas. This is truly extraordinary and should move our hearts to praise God. Even more exciting is to consider how Redeemer’s vision of being an anchor ...

Advent Resources for Families

November 30, 2016
Sarah Beaugh
As a parent, advent might have encroached upon your lingering Thanksgiving weekend. Without warning, the Christmas season is now here and you realize you want to mark the season in some meaningful way with your children but may be unsure of where to start. Fortunately, there are some resources and practices you can easily incorporate into your family’s traditions. On our church book table, you will notice we have varied offerings that should give you a range to choose from for what’s right for your family. Just a few I will mention here ...

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